Must-see shopping in Amsterdam

  • Hands making shoes. Shoemaker

    Negen Straatjes

    Western Canal Ring

    In a city packed with countless shopping opportunities, each seemingly more alluring than the last, the Negen Straatjes represent the very densest…

  • Hôtel Droog


    Not a hotel, but a local design house. Droog means 'dry' in Dutch, and these products are full of dry wit. You'll find all kinds of stylish versions of…

  • Memento

    Jordaan & the West

    Levitating lamps and vases (using magnets), retro flipping clocks, Delft-style porcelain with contemporary designs such as cyclists and tilting canal…

  • X Bank

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    More than just a concept store showcasing Dutch-designed haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion, furniture, art, gadgets and homewares, the 700-sq-metre…

  • De Pure Markt


    On the last Sunday of the month De Pure Markt sets up in Park Frankendael, with artisanal and organic producers selling delicious gourmet foodstuffs…

  • Cottoncake

    De Pijp

    Painted cotton-white inside and out, this chic little shop makes and sells its own scented candles and perfumes, and stocks fashion, jewellery and…

  • Frozen Fountain

    Western Canal Ring

    Frozen Fountain is Amsterdam's best-known showcase of furniture and interior design. Prices are not cheap, but the daring designs are offbeat and very…

  • Lindengracht Market

    Jordaan & the West

    Dating from 1895, Saturday's Lindengracht Market is a wonderfully local affair, with 232 stalls selling fresh produce, including fish and a magnificent…

  • Concerto

    Southern Canal Ring

    This rambling shop is muso heaven, with a fabulous selection of new and secondhand vinyl and CDs encompassing every imaginable genre, including rockabilly…

  • Kramer Kunst & Antiek

    Southern Canal Ring

    Specialising in antique blue-and-white Dutch tiles, this engrossing, crammed-to-the-rafters shop is chock-a-block with fascinating antiques, silver…

  • Moooi Gallery

    Jordaan & the West

    Founded by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, this gallery-shop features Dutch design at its most over-the-top, from the life-size black horse lamp to the …

  • Vlieger

    Southern Canal Ring

    Love stationery and paper? Make a beeline for Vlieger. Since 1869, this two-storey shop has been supplying it all: Egyptian papyrus, beautiful handmade…

  • Pied à Terre


    Travel lovers will be in heaven in the galleried, skylit interior of Europe's largest travel bookshop. If it's travel- or outdoor-related, you can dream…

  • Marie-Stella-Maris sells plant-based skincare products and home fragrances


    Western Canal Ring

    Marie-Stella-Maris was set up as a social enterprise to provide clean drinking water worldwide. It donates a percentage from every purchase of its locally…

  • Welcome to craft beer heaven: Bier Baum stocks an endless choice of tipples

    J&B Craft Drinks


    J&B Craft Drinks offers a huge range of craft beers, ciders and tasty soda from all over the globe, which are available cold from the fridge, making them…

  • Noordermarkt

    Jordaan & the West

    A market square since the early 1600s, the plaza in front of the Noorderkerk hosts a couple of lively markets each week. Monday morning's flea market has…

  • 360 Volt

    Western Canal Ring

    One of the keys to creating a quintessentially gezellig (cosy, convivial) atmosphere is ambient lighting, making this shop stocking vintage industrial…

  • Denham the Jeanmaker Men's Store

    Western Canal Ring

    Next door to its studio, where jeans are produced, this flagship, 'zoned' boutique carries the cutting-edge jeanmaker's menswear lines. Jeans aside, you…

  • Locals

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Jeweller Suzanne Hof set up this boutique to showcase designs from her own label, Sugarz, but also to provide a platform for small-scale designers from…

  • Het Faire Oosten


    The perfect place to pick up an interesting gift or souvenir, Het Faire Oosten is stocked with beautiful homewares, quirky books, accessories and clothing…

  • Posthumus

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Established in 1865, this wonderfully preserved shop with original timber cabinetry produces lacquer stamps for wax seals (and sells sealing wax), brass…

  • Love Stories

    Western Canal Ring

    On the Herengracht, this boutique is the flagship store of lingerie brand Love Stories, which was set up by Amsterdam interior designer and stylist-turned…

  • De Kaaskamer

    Western Canal Ring

    The name means 'the cheese room' and De Kaaskamer is indeed stacked to the rafters with Dutch and organic varieties, as well as olives, tapenades, salads…

  • Mark Raven Grafiek

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Artist Mark Raven's distinctive vision of Amsterdam is available on posters, coasters and well-cut T-shirts that make great souvenirs. Prices are…

  • Waterlooplein flea market in the Southern canal belt.

    Waterlooplein Flea Market


    Covering the square once known as Vlooienburg (Flea Town), this flea market isn't huge but there are some good finds (and a bit of tourist tat, too)…

  • Discover three floors of English-language books at the American Book Center

    American Book Center

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Rambling over three storeys, this excellent bookshop is the biggest source of English-language books in Amsterdam. Its greatest strengths are in the artsy…

  • Stop into Het Fort van Sjakoo for your alternative bookshop fix

    Het Fort van Sjakoo


    For anarchist, communist and feminist tomes and zines on everything from pirates to punk, try this long-running not-for-profit bookshop (since 1977 and…

  • Jackets for sale at Ij Hallen flea market

    IJ Hallen

    Amsterdam Noord

    This whopping flea market takes place once a month, with 750 stalls outside in a huge area at NDSM-werf. It goes indoors into two NDSM warehouses from…

  • Window display of Condomerie Het Guiden Vlies shop.

    Condomerie het Gulden Vlies

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    In the heart of the Red Light District, this brightly lit boutique sells condoms in every imaginable size, colour, flavour and design (horned devils,…

  • Local cheese heaven awaits at 't Kaasboertje, Amsterdam

    't Kaasboertje

    De Pijp

    Enormous wheels of Gouda line the walls of this enticing cheese shop, and more cheeses fill the glass display cabinet. Crispbreads and crackers are on…

  • Get your fix of hip magazines at Athenaeum boekhandel


    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Amsterdam's savviest bookshop is a bit of an intellectual and style hub. Its adjoining newsagent has a selection of cutting-edge international magazines,…

  • Boutique shopping in the heart of De Pijp

    Brick Lane

    De Pijp

    Individual, affordable designs for women arrive at this London-inspired boutique every couple of weeks, keeping the selection up-to-the-minute.

  • Sunday Market


    Browse quality craft, fashion and design produced by talented locals. Markets typically take place at Westergasfabriek on the first Sunday of the month,…

  • Arti Choc


    Chocolate is almost too beautiful to eat at this luxury choc stop, with homemade pralines and truffles ready to melt in the mouth. There are over 50 kinds…

  • Magna Plaza

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    This grand 19th-century landmark building, once the main post office, is now home to an upmarket shopping mall with more than 40 boutiques stocking…

  • Hempstory

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Everything at this light-filled contemporary boutique is made from hemp: skincare ranges (soaps, moisturisers, and body washes such as hemp and ginseng),…

  • Gamekeeper

    Western Canal Ring

    The selection of board games here is dizzying. Start with checkers, chess and mah-jong, and move on to Cathedral (build a city in the style of the Great…

  • De Bijenkorf

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Amsterdam's most fashionable department store has a grander exterior than interior, but it occupies the city's highest-profile location, facing the Royal…

  • Oudemanhuispoort Book Market

    Medieval Centre & Red Light District

    Secondhand books weigh down the tables in the atmospheric covered alleyway between Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Kloveniersburgwal, where you'll rub tweed…

  • Urban Cacao

    Jordaan & the West

    Chocolatier, patissier and glacier Hans Mekking is the mastermind behind Urban Cacao. Filled with his chocolate bars, truffles and pralines using fair…

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